Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Ms. Quo Vadis M. Webster, MA, LPC
Director of Premedical Program
(504) - 520-7437



The AMCAS, AADSAS, etc. Application Process

This document is intended to provide an overview of the process used in applying to medical, dental, etc. school. It consists of the frequently asked questions of potential applicants. It has a number of related documents.

When Should a Student Apply? The process of applying to medical or dental school is long, tedious, and time consuming. In order to have everything completed in time to maximize one's chance of gaining acceptance without interfering with school work, a student should generally start the application process about 24 months before he/she wishes to enter a medical or dental. A detailed checklist of what to do when is provided in #5 of this series.

Where Does One Apply for Medical, Dental, etc. school? Most medical, dental, etc. schools in the United States do not accept applications directly from students. Instead, they require that you apply through central application services (AMCAS for medical school, AADSAS for dental school, AACPMAS for podiatry school, etc.) which evaluates and "package" your application before sending the information to the schools to which you wish to apply. There is, of course, a fee for processing your application. When the schools to which you have applied receive your application from the central service, most then send you a "secondary" application which you complete and return with more $$. You should refer to admission requirements resources (available in the Premedical Office) or individual school websites to determine whether or not the school participates in an application service.

What are the centralized application services for the various health professions?

General Advice For the Application Process

  • Never underestimate the positive impact of submitting your application early or the negative one of having it arrive at the last minute. Many schools view "last-minute" applicants as being uncertain that they really want to apply. As a result, last-minute applications hurt your chance of acceptance. Under no circumstances should you leave the "Personal Statement" part of the application vacant. Doing so makes you appear to be lazy or, even worse, having nothing to write about. Be sure that you get someone to critique your application. Typos or grammatical mistakes hurt you. Do not rely only on the spell check tool. Actively engage in the critique/revision process so that you are application is ready for submission AS SOON AS MCAT, DAT, etc. scores are received and you can indicate on the application whether or not you plan on retaking the admission test. It may be that you find it necessary to telephone/email one or more of the schools during the application process. If so, make certain that you immediately send a letter/email verifying what you have learned, agreed upon, or whatever. AND, always do as your mama taught you--send thank you notes to anyone you stay with on interviews, persons who wrote evaluations when you get your first acceptance, etc. You may need them again.
  • If you know exactly which school you wish to attend and have good grades/MCAT scores, you should check admission requirements resources to see if the school has an "Early Decision Program."


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